Learning about Young Children’s Challenging Behavior and Impacts on Programs and Families: A State-wide Survey of Virginia’s Early Care and Education Teachers

Learn about our Supporting Young Children’s Mental Health project. This report presents the efforts of leaders in Virginia to learn more about teachers’ experience with children who demonstrate challenging behavior in center-based and home-based ECE settings. These leaders partnered with the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) to design and implement a survey of […]

How States Use Medicaid to Cover Key Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services: Results of a 50-State Survey (2018 Update)

Learn about our Supporting Young Children’s Mental Health project. There is now substantial evidence that young children’s mental health plays a critical role in their early learning and school readiness, long-term school success and self-sufficiency, and future health and mental health outcomes. Fortunately, many states are working to strengthen supports for infants’ and young children’s […]

The Voices of Maine’s Early Care and Education Teachers: Children with Challenging Behavior in Classrooms and Home-based Child Care

Learn about our Supporting Young Children’s Mental Health project. This report presents findings from a survey of Maine’s early care and education (ECE) teachers and providers about their experiences related to young children with challenging behavior. These experiences included young children displaying different types of challenging behavior, children leaving the program due to challenging behavior, […]

How Studies of QRIS Measure Quality Improvement Activities: An Analysis of Measures of Training and Technical Assistance

Learn about our Research Connections project. A growing body of research documents the implementation, performance, and validity of Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS), now operating in about 40 states. Despite differences in design, all QRIS have the common goal of improving the quality of ECE programs; each of these systems offers some form of professional […]

New York State Profile of Young Children in Deep Poverty

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. Young children in families experiencing deep poverty – those with incomes below 50 percent of the federal poverty line — are likely to experience severe early adversities that contribute to poor health and education outcomes. This brief offers information about young children, age birth to […]

Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education

Learn about our Supporting Young Children’s Mental Health project. In almost every early care and education (ECE) program across the country, there are children who have experienced trauma or who will, during their early childhood, experience traumatic events. Trauma in early childhood takes many forms, including abuse or neglect, witnessing violence, and having prolonged separation […]

Using Medicaid to Help Young Children and Parents Access Mental Health Services: Results of a 50-State Survey (Updated March 2017)

Learn about our Supporting Young Children’s Mental Health project. As states work to strengthen supports for young children’s mental health, often with the goal of reducing the incidence of costly conditions at later ages, they face the question of how to finance new or expanded services. This brief examines states’ use of Medicaid as a […]

Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy

Learn about our Research Connections project. An estimated 745,336 children age 3 to 5 have disabilities or developmental delays that entitle them to receive preschool special education services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (U.S. Department of Education, 2015). Federal policy directs school districts to provide preschool special education services […]

Young Children in Deep Poverty

Learn about our Improving the Odds for Young Children project. A U.S. family of three living in deep poverty survives on an annual income below $9,276. The struggle to raise children on such a meager income is not a rare circumstance among U.S. families, especially those with young children. Currently, 11 percent of young children […]

Supporting Parent Engagement in Linguistically Diverse Families to Promote Young Children’s Learning: Implications for Early Care and Education Policy

Learn about our Research Connections project. There is wide agreement that early care and education programs should support parent engagement linked to early learning for all families, including families from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. This brief highlights research that can inform policies to expand the capacity of early care and education programs to promote […]